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The new Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 17 brings over 300 new features including HDR rating, AI magic mask, improved Fairlight usability, improved editing and much more!

DaVinci Resolve 17

Fremont, CA, USA – Monday November 9, 2020 – Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 17, a major release with over 300 new features and improvements including HDR rating tools, redesigned primary color controls, next-generation Fairlight audio engine including Fairlight audio core and support for 2,000 real-time audio tracks as well Dozens of other time-saving tools for editors including a redesigned inspector, new bin sorting, and metadata clip views!

DaVinci Resolve 17 Public Beta is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website.

DaVinci Resolve 17 is a major release with over 100 new features and 200 improvements. The color page includes new HDR assessment tools, redesigned primary controls, an AI-based magic mask and much more. Fairlight is updating mouse and keyboard editing selection tools to help customers work faster, along with Fairlight Audio Core and FlexBus, a next-generation audio engine and bus architecture with support for 2,000 tracks. Editors get a metadata slate view with bin dividers, zoomed waveforms for audio trimming, intelligent reframing, a unified inspector and dozens of other time-saving tools. In addition, compositions created in Fusion can now be used as an effect, title, or transition on the edit and cut pages.

DaVinci Resolve 17 offers incredible new creative tools for colorists. The drawing of Power Windows has been improved. There are new split-screen clearing options, an additional Sat-vs-Lum curve, improved areas, support for 17-point 3D LUTs, and much more.

The HDR rating palette allows customers to create new color wheels with custom roll-offs for specific tonal ranges, giving customers more creative control over fine-tuning. The wheels contain exposure and saturation controls for each zone. They are color space aware, so customers get perceptually consistent results.

With the web-based warping tool, customers can adjust two Para7 colors at the same time. Customers can set both hue and saturation or chroma and luma. Adjustments are made by dragging control points, gently sloping down for clean, natural-looking adjustments. It's a whole new way to transform colors in your pictures.

Selecting and tracking people for targeted correction has never been easier. Magic Mask uses the DaVinci Neural Engine to automatically create masks for an entire person or specific features such as the face or arms. Customers get matte finesse tools, the ability to add and remove strokes, and automatic tracking.

DaVinci Resolve Color Management adds features to simplify workflow and improve image quality.

DaVinci Wide Gamut and DaVinci Intermediate are timeline color space and gamma settings that provide a universal internal working color space. It's bigger than what cameras can capture, or BT.2020, ARRI Wide Gamut, and even ACES AP1. Customers never lose image data, no matter where they come from.

DaVinci Resolve 17 is the biggest update in Fairlight history, with new features, tools, and core enhancements that make it the world's fastest, highest quality audio post production solution.

Selecting the selection mode with new keyboard shortcuts unlocks functions that were previously available in the Fairlight Audio Editor. These context-sensitive tools make editing incredibly fast. When users switch to Fairlight, these intuitive and familiar tools help customers get up and running quickly.

Fairlight Audio Core is a next-generation, low-latency audio engine that intelligently manages workload using all CPU cores and threads, plus the optional Fairlight Audio Accelerator card. Customers receive up to 2,000 tracks, each with real-time EQ, dynamics and 6 plug-ins on a single system.

FlexBus is a flexible bus architecture that uses up to 26 channel-wide general-purpose buses instead of fixed buses. Customers can send tracks to buses, buses to tracks, and buses to buses in as many cascade layers as required to create massive sessions. Pass everything on to something without restrictions.

The new transient analysis tool automatically recognizes individual words, beats or sound effects. Transient marks appear as vertical lines on the waveform. Customers can use the arrow keys to navigate between them. Transient markers make it easy to identify specific parts of a sound for editing.

Fairlight Audio Core and FlexBus enable large projects with thousands of tracks on a single system. Previously, "chase" computers had to be synchronized with a primary system. DaVinci Resolve's multi-user collaboration allows multiple sound editors to work on the entire project at the same time.

DaVinci Resolve 17 makes the cut page even smarter and offers great new features to help customers complete projects even faster.

The metadata slate view with bin dividers makes it easy to sort and find clips by scene, shot, camera, and more. When used with source tape, this is the fastest way to jump in and out of scenes or groups of takes.

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Customers can now see larger audio waveforms while trimming.

Now customers can edit in 16: 9 HD or Ultra HD and quickly create square or vertical versions for posting on Instagram and other apps. The DaVinci Neural Engine automatically detects faces and repositions them within the new frame so customers don't have to do this manually.

Finding the right effect, transition, or title is faster and easier than ever. With the sleek, new multi-column view, customers can see more and scroll less. Descriptive icons also help customers quickly find what customers need. Customers can also hover their mouse over each item to see a live preview in the viewer.

ATEM Mini Pro ISO live production projects can be opened as video editing. With the sync drawer with multiview, customers can tweak changes to the original live production or even replace recordings. You can use ATEM's HD ISO footage or relink it with Blackmagic RAW camera files to finish in Ultra HD.

The edit page offers dozens of time-saving new features that professional editors have asked for.

Now customers can create easy-to-manage, independent proxy media that dramatically improves system performance and makes projects portable. Proxies can have a resolution of 1/16 and can be saved as H.264, H.265, ProRes or DNxHR. They can even be generated internally or externally by third-party tools.

It is now easier to create synchronized multicam clips. Simply stack clips on the timeline and synchronize them based on timecode or waveform using the new Auto Align tool. Customers can also manually move clips into position to create a sync card. Timelines can be converted to a multicam clip or a composite clip.

With the new Resolve FX 3D, HSL and Luma Keyer plug-ins, customers can drag keys on both the edit and cut side directly in the timeline. In addition, Resolve FX and Open FX plug-ins now support alpha channels, as well as embedded alpha channels and external matte files, giving customers even more compositing options.

The Render In Place command allows customers to generate render files for any part of the timeline. After rendering, customers can move, edit, and crop without having to render again. In contrast to cache files, render files are easy to manage and portable.

Source adjustments allow customers to modify a clip before editing it in the timeline. For example, customers can customize RAW controls, add a LUT, remap audio tracks, resize them, play the frame rate, and more before editing a clip on the timeline.

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Customers can now import and export individual timelines or bins, giving customers more opportunities to collaborate. Timeline and bin files are easy to share and small enough to send email.

The new support for native processing of interlaced timelines improves the quality of the compositing and titles for interlaced results. The high quality DaVinci Neural Engine de-interlacing analyzes the movement between fields to reconstruct progressive frames. Customers also get a 3: 2 pulldown removal in real time.

Compositions created on the Fusion side can now be saved as a template and used on the edit or cut side. New animation curve modifiers can be used to automatically reschedule animations when customers change their duration in an edit. The audio playback with waveform display makes it easy to create precisely timed animations. There are common markings for the edit side and much more. In addition, 27 GPU-accelerated Resolve FX have been added to the Fusion side, including the noise reduction and sharpening tools on the color side. New bookmarks for the node view make it easier to navigate large compositions, the toolbar can be customized with your favorite tools, and vertical layouts are supported in the node editor.

Node tree bookmarks allow customers to quickly navigate to any part of the node tree in a large composition. Customizable toolbars allow customers to quickly switch toolbars based on the current task. Vertical node tree layouts give customers more space to view the spline and keyframe editors when creating animations and more.

On the media page, customers will find new and improved format support, new delivery options and a unified inspector design on the media, cut, edit and fairlight pages. DaVinci Resolve 17 also offers consistent timeline navigation on all pages, better metadata support, new image scaling algorithms, the ability to share smart bins, smart filters and optimized media for all projects on one system, and even more GPU and CPU accelerated Resolve FX.

Now everyone can build their own post production studio. The free version of DaVinci Resolve now includes the revolutionary multi-user collaboration tools previously available in DaVinci Resolve Studio. That means customers can have multiple users who all work on the same project at the same time for free.

With support for expanding files in the media pool, customers can start editing while files are still being recorded. There is decoding support for QuickTime PNG, uncompressed RGB 8-bit and YUV 10-bit AVI, and spanned Panasonic 8K SHV clips.

DaVinci Resolve 17 supports frame-based metadata from Blackmagic RAW, ARRI, RED and Sony camera files, as well as decoding and rendering EXR metadata per image.

In addition to the existing Python and LUA scripts, DaVinci Resolve 17 adds a new workflow integration API and a new coding API. These APIs allow third-party developers to create integrated asset and workflow management solutions for DaVinci Resolve, as well as encoder plug-ins for custom output options.


"This is a major update of amazing new technology and functionality for colorists, audio engineers, editors and visual effects artists," said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. "While Fairlight's new color science, HDR rating and enhancements, and ease of use are its most noticeable features, I'm especially proud of the thousands of small improvements customers will notice every day!"

DaVinci Resolve 17 functions

  • Next generation HDR color grading with customizable wheels and tone zones.
  • Mesh- and grid-based Color Warper offers a completely new way of transforming colors.
  • Automatic object isolation with magic mask supported by the DaVinci Neural Engine.
  • Improved color management with tone mapping and tools for color space.
  • Massive DaVinci color space for better image processing.
  • High-speed audio editing with new context-sensitive keyboard and mouse tools.
  • Fairlight Audio Core Engine with automatic load balancing and support for 2,000 tracks.
  • Revolutionary FlexBus architecture for audio routing without restrictions.
  • Automatic transient detection for beats, words and sound effects.
  • Support for massive audio projects with thousands of tracks on a single system.
  • Metadata-based map view in the media pool on a cut-out page.
  • Precise audio trimming on the cut page timeline and the graphic trimmer.
  • Intelligent reformulation by the DaVinci Neural Engine for cutting and editing pages.
  • Live effect, title and transition previews on cut and edited pages.
  • Import and edit projects from ATEM Mini Pro ISO.
  • Proxy media workflows up to a resolution of 1/16 in H.264, H.265, ProRes or DNxHR.
  • Timeline-based clip synchronization for creating multicam and compound clips.
  • Alpha support for keying and compositing on cut and edited pages.
  • In-place render command for heavy clip effects for cutting and editing timelines.
  • Make source adjustments before editing clips in the timeline.
  • Portable timeline and bin files for easy sharing.
  • Native interlace processing and real-time 3: 2 pulldown removal.
  • Node tree bookmarks, customizable Fusion toolbar, and vertical node layouts.
  • Support for growing files in the media pool.
  • Frame-based metadata support for BRAW, ARRI, RED, Sony, and EXR.
  • Third party workflow integration API and encoder API.


DaVinci Resolve Studio 17 is available now.

Please Note: DaVinci Resolve Studio does NOT include a Speed ​​Editor keyboard when purchasing from Toolfarm.

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About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design develops the world's highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color graders, video converters, video surveillance, routers, live production switcher, record recorders, waveform monitors and real-time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design's DeckLink capture cards revolutionized post-production quality and affordability, while the company's Emmy ™ Award-winning DaVinci color grading products have dominated the television and film industries since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues groundbreaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Blackmagic Design was founded by the world's leading post production editors and engineers and has offices in the US, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please visit


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